I’m not in pain anymore. I’m not upset anymore. I’m a very happy, unique kind of person. And it feels good.
–Monica Tiffany Rose in the video A Journey Within
Gender is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) as well as one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception, including their gender role. Together, the intersection of these three dimensions produces one’s authentic sense of gender, both in how people experience their own gender as well as how others perceive it.
DEFINITION FROM GENDER SPECTRUM’S WEBSITE
Intersctionality is the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage: through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.
DEFINITION FROM OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
Editor’s note: In sometimes strategic, sometimes mysterious ways, films grow legs and walk around the world.
They find audiences that are in need of experiencing them. In today’s digital age with so many distribution options, chances are increased that someone can randomly chance upon a film that has meaning for their life.
Yet it is always a pleasure, and an honor, when a film is selected to be shared with a group of people who are hungry for the story it tells. Such is the story of A Journey Within, a short OC87 Recovery Diaries film about Monica, a young woman who shared her story of growth and resilience as a transgender youth.
This summer, A Journey Within was featured at the 2015 Gender Spectrum Conference in California. Monica and her friend Phantazia participated in the conference and they screened A Journey Within for the attending audience. Here is Phantazia’s account of their memorable trip: